What is considered sexual harassment compared to discrimination?

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What is considered sexual harassment compared to discrimination?

I am a lesbian and worked for a contractor. On a daily basis, I heard how

stupid women are. If I made a mistake, I was handicapped and singled out from the rest of the workers and screamed at for something that I did not do.

There were 4 men on this crew and 2 women. I”m 56 years old and in incredible shape for my age. The contractor thought since I am a personal trainer that I should do all the lifting and carrying of construction material. Not that I couldn’t do it, just the fact that he made me the

Asked on May 21, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Legally, there is no difference between sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination: both are illegal. Treating a woman differently (e.g. worse) than a man, insulting a woman by saying "how stupid women are," etc. is illegal sex-based employment discrimination and is prohibited by both federal and your state's law. Based on what you write, you may have a viable legal claim, and should contact either the federal EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) or your state's equal/civil rights agency.


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